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John Hilton III discusses why we face hard things in our lives and how we can do hard things.

John Hilton III discusses why we face hard things in our lives and how we can do hard things.

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  • My Liahona points to you! If stars fell every time I thought of you, the sky would soon be empty. If you were a vegetable I’d want you to be my sweet pea. If you were a sandwich at McDonalds you’d be a McGorgeous.
  • It takes a real friend to try to help you patch up a bald spot…and I want to speak to you as a real friend, one on one…
  • It takes a real friend to try to help you patch up a bald spot…and I want to speak to you as a real friend, one on one…
  • It takes a real friend to try to help you patch up a bald spot…and I want to speak to you as a real friend, one on one…
  • It takes a real friend to try to help you patch up a bald spot…and I want to speak to you as a real friend, one on one…
  • It takes a real friend to try to help you patch up a bald spot…and I want to speak to you as a real friend, one on one…
  • Have some come up.
  • Have them look in the scripture first, then they derive principle
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  • … .we will visit you in a lower kingdom … not only that but over the course of the semester the group that wrote about things they were happy about were much less likely to get sick!
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  • Do you see a beautiful young woman? I see some YM saying, “No…” Some people look in the mirror and say, “I wish I had long hair, short hair, curly hair, straight hair, no hair…
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  • Try preference + when at a dance I see guys and I have to tell them this truth…Girls you say yes to every boy…don’t say “He’s too short,” pick him up!
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  • Go straight to Preference…then talk to YM – getting drinks, to YW, pick up that little boy.
  • Show rescue clip here—focus on helping others.
  • Show rescue clip here—focus on helping others.
  • To YW—if a 14 y/o boy is awkward… To YM—sometimes I see a slow song come on and the boys go out in the hall…
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  • Reminder that the hard things may be modesty, chastity, avoiding pornography, etc.
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I Can Do Hard Things I Can Do Hard Things Presentation Transcript

  • I CAN DO HARD THINGS http://johnhiltoniii.com Buy the CD at: http://deseretbook.com/item/5038091/I_Can_Do_Hard_Things
  • Top Five Pickup Lines you can use to meet a new “friend” today.
  • Number 5
    • I don’t have a library card, but can I check you out?
  • Number 4
    • I’m not an environmentalist, but if you were a tree, I’d be a tree-hugger.
  • Number 3
    • If I had a nickel for every time I saw somebody as beautiful as you I would have five cents…
  • Number 2
    • If I were a gardener I’d put your tulips next to mine.
  • Number 1
    • Are you a parking ticket? Because you have fine written all over you.
  • A Painful Pickup Experience…
  • There are so many situations in life that could be considered “hard.”
    • Write down at least 5 situations in modern life for teenagers that could be considered “hard.”
    • Definition of “hard”: difficult: not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
  • The Scriptures Are Full of Hard Things!
    • “ I have developed a personal motto…It is… I can do hard things! ”
    THAT CAN BE YOUR MOTTO TOO! Sister Susan W. Tanner http://lds.org
  • Why Does the Lord Require Hard Things?
    • Abraham 3:25
  • Elder Richard G. Scott Ensign , Nov. 1995, 16
    • Just when all seems to be going right, challenges often come in multiple doses applied simultaneously. When those trials are not consequences of your disobedience, they are evidence that the Lord feels you are prepared to grow more (see Prov. 3:11-12). He therefore gives you experiences that stimulate growth, understanding, and compassion which polish you for your everlasting benefit. To get you from where you are to where He wants you to be requires a lot of stretching, and that generally entails discomfort and pain.
  • How Can I Do Hard Things?
    • Count your blessings
    • Be content
    • Never complain—others have it worse.
    • Serve others
    • Increase your testimony
    • Act in faith
    • Fear not
    • Go in the strength of the Lord
  • Count your blessings— more than just a song
    • In a scientific experiment researchers randomly assigned college students to two different groups. One wrote for twenty minutes each day about things they were happy about. A second group wrote about random things like describing their shoes. Guess which group was happiest?
  • Grateful for Thumbs? D&C 78:19 Photo Credit: Tazmany on Flickr
  • How Can I Do Hard Things?
    • Count your blessings
    • Be content
    • Never complain—others have it worse.
    • Serve others
    • Increase your testimony
    • Act in faith
    • Fear not
    • Go in the strength of the Lord
  • What do you see when you look in the mirror?
  • Elder Jeffrey R. Holland Ensign , Nov. 2005
    • I plead with you … to please be more accepting of yourselves, including your body shape and style, with a little less longing to look like someone else. We are all different.
  • “ Be Content”
    • 2 Corinthians 11:24-27 (p. 1471).
    • Philippians 4:11 (p. 1492).
  • How Can I Do Hard Things?
    • Count your blessings
    • Be content
    • Never complain—others have it worse.
    • Serve others
    • Increase your testimony
    • Act in faith
    • Fear not
    • Go in the strength of the Lord
  • A lot of people have it worse Google: “Teenage Affluenza”
  • A lot of people have it worse “ About 25,000 people die each day from hunger or hunger-related causes, most of them children.”
  • Elder Richard G. Scott “Commencement” 10 Aug. 2000 http://speeches.byu.edu
    • “ Never complain.”
    • Numbers 11:1
  • How Can I Do Hard Things?
    • Count your blessings
    • Be content
    • Never complain—others have it worse.
    • Serve others
    • Increase your testimony
    • Act in faith
    • Fear not
    • Go in the strength of the Lord
  • Service at a Dance?
  • Sister Susan W. Tanner http://lds.org , Ensign , Nov. 2005
    • I remember well the insecurities I felt as a teenager with a bad case of acne. I tried to care for my skin properly. My parents helped me get medical attention. For years I even went without eating chocolate and all the greasy fast foods around which teens often socialize, but with no obvious healing consequences. It was difficult for me at that time to fully appreciate this body which was giving me so much grief.
  • Sister Susan W. Tanner http://lds.org , Ensign , Nov. 2005
    • But my good mother taught me a higher law. Over and over she said to me, “ You must do everything you can to make your appearance pleasing, but the minute you walk out the door, forget yourself and start concentrating on others. ”
  • Matthew 14:13-14
    • (See also John 19:26-27)
  • Elder Quentin L. Cook, Ensign Nov. 2008
    • When our beloved prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, was asked on his birthday this past August what would be the ideal gift that members worldwide could give him, he said without a moment’s hesitation, “Find someone who is having a hard time, . . . and do something for them.”
  • How Can I Do Hard Things?
    • Count your blessings
    • Be content
    • Never complain—others have it worse.
    • Serve others
    • Increase your testimony
    • Act in faith
    • Fear not
    • Go in the strength of the Lord
  • AMEN!
    • “ All victory and glory is brought to pass unto you through your diligence, faithfulness, and prayers of faith” (Doctrine and Covenants 103:36).
  • Increase Your Testimony
    • 1 Nephi 3: 5-6: What was the hard thing Nephi was asked to do?
    • Verse-7 I will go and do for I know…
    • Alma 20:14: What was the hard thing Lamoni was asked to do?
    • Verse-15: I go… for I know…
  • What Will You Do When You Are Asked to do Hard Things?
    • John 6:60, 66-69 (P. 1337)
  • How Can I Do Hard Things?
    • Count your blessings
    • Be content
    • Never complain—others have it worse.
    • Serve others
    • Increase your testimony
    • Act in faith
    • Fear not
    • Go in the strength of the Lord
  • Brian and a Blizzard
  • Act in Faith
    • Joshua 3:13
    • 1 Samuel 17:33-36, 45-48
    • Your experiences
    • Hebrews 11:32-33
  • How Can I Do Hard Things?
    • Count your blessings
    • Be content
    • Never complain—others have it worse.
    • Serve others
    • Increase your testimony
    • Act in faith
    • Fear not
    • Go in the strength of the Lord
  • Everybody Gets Afraid…
  • Exodus 14:11-28 “ Fear Ye Not”
  • “ Fear Not” and “Fear ye Not” Appear more than 100 times in the scriptures
    • “ Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them ” (2 Kings 6:16).
    • Don’t worry about things that at are outside of your control. Fear Not!
  • Before we get to the 8 th key, let me tell you about my haircut…
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  • How Can I Do Hard Things?
    • Count your blessings
    • Be content
    • Never complain—others have it worse.
    • Serve others
    • Increase your testimony
    • Act in faith
    • Fear not
    • Go in the strength of the Lord
  • The Strength of the Lord
    • 1 Nephi 7:17
  • Elder David A. Bednar, “In the Strength of the Lord” speeches.byu.edu I personally do not believe the bands with which Nephi was bound just magically fell from his hands and wrists. Rather, I suspect that he was blessed with both persistence and personal strength beyond his natural capacity, that he then "in the strength of the Lord" (Mosiah 9:17) worked and twisted and tugged on the cords and ultimately and literally was enabled to break the bands. See 1 Nephi 7:17 and Mosiah24:14-15
  • Elder David A. Bednar, Ensign , Nov. 2004 “ The enabling and strengthening power of the Atonement helps us to…become good in ways that we could never recognize or accomplish with our limited mortal capacity.”
  • Ponder and Write
    • What has the Holy Ghost teaching you about facing challenges in your life?
    • What have you learned that you can share with a friend who is going through hard things?
    • What teachings about hard things will you apply in your life today?
    • “ I have developed a personal motto…It is…I can do hard things!”
    • “ My real motto is, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (Philippians 4:13
    • p.1452.)
  • You CAN do Hard Things
    • “ I know thee by name” (Exodus 33:12)
    • “ I have loved thee with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3)
    • “ I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5)